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date: 17 October 2019

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The notion of the religious life as being a quest or a journey is quite ancient. Nevertheless, traditionally the average believer has not usually experienced her or his religion in these terms. Rather, religion is typically a part of everyday life that is, for the most part, taken for granted. However, as early as the eighteenth century, a new spiritual subculture had begun to emerge in Western nations within which a number of people with interests in alternative religious ideas and practices adopted a posture of seekership, pursuing various alternative spiritual interests from Spiritualism to certain Asian religions and Asian religious practices. The present chapter proposes to survey this development.

Keywords: Cultic Milieu, Sectarian Milieu, Movement Milieus, Seekership, New Age

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